The Lake District is one of the most popular destinations in the UK, attracting travellers from the world over, and it’s easy to see why, with its towering mountains and fells, spectacular lake scenery, and wealth of outdoor activities. All of this makes the National Park a great playground for kids and adults alike, with a range of great places to visit alongside its natural attractions. Whether you’ve got toddlers or teenagers in tow, these days out in the Lake District are sure to please all the family.
Treetop Nets, Windermere
Suitable for children aged 3 and up, Treetop Nets is a unique adventure that lets you scramble through tunnels, bounce on giant trampolines, whizz down slides and navigate walkways, all set within a series of nets placed amongst the treetops.
Wray Castle, Low Wray
A real-life fairy-tale castle, at Wray Castle you can explore the magnificent turrets and towers, each filled with some amazing activities. Little ones will love the Peter Rabbit Adventure Rooms, while older ones will enjoy dressing up in period costumes and even having a go at building their own castle.
Lakes Aquarium, Lakeside
A great showcase of aquatic life in the Lakes and beyond, the Lakes Aquarium is home to more than 30 themed habitats where everything from eels to otters and even piranhas can be seen. See the water bed from a fish eye’s view with the underwater tunnel, and get hands-on with crabs, prawns and anemones in the rockpool areas.
The Puzzling Place, Keswick
Perfect for rainy days, The Puzzling Place is sure to get you and the kids thinking with some tricky brainteasers and mind-bending illusions. Step into the World of Illusion and let your brain play tricks on you in places such as the Anti-Gravity Room and the Hologram Gallery, before heading to the Puzzle Area to try solving puzzles of all kinds.
The World of Beatrix Potter, Bowness-on-Windermere
See the much-loved author’s stories and characters come to life at The World of Beatrix Potter, a vibrant exhibition about Peter Rabbit, Jemima Puddle-Duck and more. Find out how her life in the Lake District helped to inspire her children’s stories and experience the magic of Beatrix Potter and her charming characters.
Walk to Aira Force, Penrith
This walk to one of the Lake District’s most famous waterfalls is perfect for getting closer to nature, packed with scenery including rocks, a landscaped Victorian park and an arboretum. Aira Force itself is a sight to behold, and is a great end destination for adventurous families exploring the Ullswater area.
Brockhole Lake District Visitor’s Centre, Windermere
This Visitor Centre is not only a great place to pick up holiday ideas, but an attraction in itself with plenty of indoor and outdoor fun on offer. Outside, there’s 30 acres of lake shore, woodland and meadows to explore, alongside adventure playgrounds for all ages and a Treetop Trek aerial adventure. On rainy days, there’s the indoor soft play and creativity space to keep the kids entertained.
Grizedale Forest, near Hawkshead
Great for active days out, Grizedale is packed with things to do, whether you’re into cycling, mountain biking or after a gentle stroll. There’s several waymarked trails to follow, and try to spot the more than 40 art sculptures dotted across the forest along the way! For something a little different, take on the Go Ape course to navigate a treetop assault course.
Lakeland Maze and Farm Park, Kendal
Home to an award-winning maze, this working farm is also packed with friendly animals to meet, with everything from pigs and sheep to donkeys, alpacas and ferrets. Go-karts, tractor rides and soft play can also be found at the park for even more farmyard fun.
Windermere Canoe Kayak and Bike Hire, Bowness-on-Windermere
No visit to the Lake District is complete with exploring Lake Windermere and with this hire shop, it’s easy to explore either on the lake’s edge or on the water itself. Gently paddle a canoe or kayak out across England’s largest lakes for some amazing views and adventures – children aged 8 and up can also try stand-up paddleboarding. For exploring on 2 wheels, there are kids’ bikes, trailers and tag-along bikes to hire making it suitable for all ages.
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Explore The Lake District – Over 27 years ago, with the aim of bringing the personal service back into letting holiday homes, Lakeland Hideaways was created. They know all their cottages inside and out and pride ourselves in offering excellent levels of customer care and service, ensuring you have the perfect relaxing holiday.